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19 August: Herded together.


Virginia Woolf reflects on the experience of boarding school, callous, unfriended. Put it beside the thoughts we read recently from teenagers on life-changing events.

Now that our boxes are unpacked in the dormitories, we sit herded together under maps of the entire world. There are desks with wells for the ink. We shall write our exercises in ink here. But here I am nobody. I have no face. This great company, all dressed in brown serge, has robbed me of my identity. We are all callous, unfriended. I will seek out a face, a composed, a monumental face, and will endow it with omniscience, and wear it under my dress like a talisman and then (I promise this) I will find some dingle in a wood where I can display my assortment of curious treasures. I promise myself this. So I will not cry.

(from “THE WAVES” by Virginia Woolf) 1933.

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28 October, Going viral LII: Words of wisdom from an old friend.

Storm brewing in Margate

Fr Tom Herbst has plenty of duties that keep him from writing regularly for the Mirror, but he recently shared this. I don’t need to comment further. Will.

A friend recently sent two quotations that he gleaned from the newspaper, which I will send on to you. Words of wisdom, I think:
“If we accepted that Covid could besiege us for a long time to come we could start thinking how to be fulfilled and earn our livings despite it.”

“There are better and worse ways of handling the pandemic…..It’s about liberating us from the illusion that everything can be controlled and finding satisfaction in whatever lives we now lead.”

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